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					                                                     Successful Beginnings
                                                   2009-2010 Application Cycle



Section 1.0   Comprehensive Program of Instruction –
              Comprehensive Program of Instruction – Curricular Emphasis
   1.1                                                                          F    A   M       E                 Comments
              K-8 Needs Analysis narrative provides an explanation of need
              within the selected community and includes a description of                            24 students in a classroom does not
              the community, identification of the target population, and an                         really establish that the districts are
              explanation of how the community will benefit from the                                 overcrowded and therefore the
              school.                                                                                benefit to the community is unclear.
                                                                                                     The revised application clearly
                                                                                                     explains how the community will
   1.1a                                                                             C        1       benefit from the school.
              K-8 educational philosophy identifies principles or concepts
              fundamental to the school’s proposed instructional strategies.
   1.1b                                                                                      1
              K-8 Method(s) of instruction identified are described, support                         No explanation of the method for the
              the philosophy and include the rationale for using such                                target population. In addition, it is
              methods with the targeted population.                                                  unclear how the students will be
                                                                                                     instructed. The revised application
                                                                                                     provides a rationale for instruction
                                                                                                     with the targeted population as
                                                                                                     well as specific methods of
   1.1c                                                                             C        1       instruction.
              K-8 Methods of assessment narrative identifies the methods
              to be used, reflects the philosophy and method(s) of                                   Doesn't reflect the philosophy or
              instruction, and includes a discussion of how school will                              method of instruction. Doesn't include
                                                                                                     different modalities and how to
              monitor academic achievement and how those assessments
                                                                                                     assess higher-order thinking skills.
              will guide instructional decisions.
                                                                                                     The revised application identifies
                                                                                                     assessment methods that align
                                                                                                     with the school's philosophy and
                                                                                                     methods. The revision also
                                                                                                     addresses higher order thinking
   1.1d                                                                             C        1       skills.
              K-8 Remediation plan includes criteria for when remediation                            Unclear how the remediation will be
              will occur and how it will be implemented.                                             implemented or what the criteria is for
                                                                                                     when it is successful. The revised
                                                                                                     application clearly addresses how
                                                                                                     remediation will be implemented
                                                                                                     and the criteria for determining
   1.1e                                                                             C        1       success.
              K-8 Promotion and retention plan identifies the criteria for
              how the school will determine grade promotion and retention.
              The criteria identified must include proficiency levels for
              academic subject areas and other criteria that the school will
   1.1f       use to determine promotion and retention.                                      1
              K-8 Class size described supports the methods of instruction,
              the target population, and the facility described on Attachment
   1.1g       C.                                                                           1
1.1 TOTAL                                                                       0    0   7       0
Section 1.2   Comprehensive Program of Instruction –Goals                       F    A   M       E                  Comments
              K-8 student achievement goals are performance-based,                                   Inconsistent grade levels identified in
              specific, measurable, attainable, and timely.                                          Goal 1. Curriculum based
                                                                                                     measurements are not specific. 80%
                                                                                                     is too low of an expectation. By 2014
                                                                                                     all students must reach proficiency.
                                                                                                     Goals are not consistent with
                                                                                                     philosophy. The revised
                                                                                                     application addressed the
                                                                                                     inconsistency and increased the
   1.2a                                                                             C        1       targeted expectation.
              K-8 strategic plan to accomplish and monitor the
              accompanied goal must identify the steps for how the goal(s)                           The steps for how the goals will be
              will be reached, how the progress will be monitored                                    reached and the process for re-
              (benchmarks), and a process for evaluation, revision and                               evaluation are too vague. No clear
              addition of new goals over time.                                                       plan for achieving goals. The
                                                                                                     revised application includes action
                                                                                                     steps for achieving the goals and a
   1.2b                                                                             C        1       plan for evaluating progress.
1.2 TOTAL                                                                       0    0   2       0
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Section 1.3K   Kindergarten                                                    F   A   M       E                Comments
               The Strands, Concepts, and Performance Objectives of
               the State Academic Standards being assessed for each                                No standards identified for Mastery in
               subject area are identified and are appropriate for the                             Reading The revised application
               grade level.                                                                        identifies the strands, concepts,
                                                                                                   and performance objectives being
   1.3Ka                                                                           C       1       assess for mastery in reading.
               Instruction also aligns with the performance objectives
               identified in the assessment. A reasonable timeline for the
               instruction is provided along with the necessary resources to
   1.3Kb       implement the instruction.                                                  1
               Student Activities for each subject area correspond to the
               teacher instruction provided. Student activities provide a
               reasonable and logical progression (timeline) to the
               assessment. Activities align with the performance
               objectives identified in the assessment. A list of the
               required materials to complete each activity is provided.
   1.3Kc                                                                                   1
               Each subject area assessment is summative, aligns with the
               methods of assessment described in the Curricular
               Emphasis narrative and the assessment provides each
               student an opportunity to demonstrate proficiency of the
               identified Performance Objectives. Instruction for each
               subject area described aligns with the methods of
               instruction provided in the Curricular Emphasis narrative.
   1.3Kd                                                                                   1
               The scoring rubric for each assessment includes a
               description of the components (with identified Performance
               Objectives) to be scored and the criteria required to
               demonstrate mastery which must align with the mastery
   1.3Ke       level described in the narrative                                          1
1.3K TOTAL                                                                     0   0   5       0
Section1.3.1   First Grade                                                     F   A   M       E                  Comments
               The Strands, Concepts, and Performance Objectives of                                No math standards have been
               the State Academic Standards being assessed for each                                identified for Mastery. The revised
               subject area are identified and are appropriate for the                             application included math
               grade level.                                                                        standards, concepts, and
                                                                                                   performance objectives identified
   1.3.1a                                                                          C       1       for mastery.
               Instruction also aligns with the performance objectives
               identified in the assessment. A reasonable timeline for the
               instruction is provided along with the necessary resources to
   1.3.1b      implement the instruction.                                                  1
               Student Activities for each subject area correspond to the
               teacher instruction provided. Student activities provide a                          Completely relying on workbook
               reasonable and logical progression (timeline) to the                                activities does not align to the
               assessment. Activities align with the performance                                   methods of instruction narrative. The
               objectives identified in the assessment. A list of the                              revised application provided
               required materials to complete each activity is provided.                           additional information on the use
   1.3.1c                                                                          C       1       of instructional methods.
               Each subject area assessment is summative, aligns with the
               methods of assessment described in the Curricular
               Emphasis narrative and the assessment provides each
               student an opportunity to demonstrate proficiency of the
               identified Performance Objectives. Instruction for each
               subject area described aligns with the methods of
               instruction provided in the Curricular Emphasis narrative.
   1.3.1d                                                                                  1
               The scoring rubric for each assessment includes a
               description of the components (with identified Performance
               Objectives) to be scored and the criteria required to
               demonstrate mastery which must align with the mastery
   1.3.1e      level described in the narrative                                            1
1.3.1 TOTAL                                                                    0   0   5       0
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Section 1.3.2   Second Grade                                                    F   A       M     E                Comments
                The Strands, Concepts, and Performance Objectives of
                the State Academic Standards being assessed for each
                subject area are identified and are appropriate for the
   1.3.2a       grade level.                                                                 1
                Instruction also aligns with the performance objectives
                identified in the assessment. A reasonable timeline for the
                instruction is provided along with the necessary resources to
   1.3.2b       implement the instruction.                                                   1
                Student Activities for each subject area correspond to the
                teacher instruction provided. Student activities provide a                            Student activities from second to fifth
                reasonable and logical progression (timeline) to the                                  grade are all the same. This does not
                assessment. Activities align with the performance                                     demonstrate the various modalities
                objectives identified in the assessment. A list of the                                and methods mentioned in the
                required materials to complete each activity is provided.                             Program of Instruction narrative. The
                                                                                                      cover sheet for the curriculum
                                                                                                      section of the revised application
                                                                                                      explains that, while some activities,
                                                                                                      especially in reading, seem similar
                                                                                                      throughout the grade levels, the
                                                                                                      content within those activities is
                                                                                                      modified and varied depending on
                                                                                                      the grade level and the student's
                                                                                                      ability. The applicant's intent was
                                                                                                      that, through continuity of
                                                                                                      instructional practices and
                                                                                                      consistency in expectations,
                                                                                                      students would develop a sense of
   1.3.2c                                                                           C        1        security and trust.
                Each subject area assessment is summative, aligns with the
                methods of assessment described in the Curricular
                Emphasis narrative and the assessment provides each                                   Reading and Writing Assessments do
                student an opportunity to demonstrate proficiency of the                              not allow students to demonstrate
                identified Performance Objectives. Instruction for each                               mastery of the identified Performance
                subject area described aligns with the methods of                                     Objectives. The revised application
                instruction provided in the Curricular Emphasis narrative.                            still does not address the original
   1.3.2d                                                                               1             concern.
                The scoring rubric for each assessment includes a
                description of the components (with identified Performance                            Writing rubric does not indicate
                Objectives) to be scored and the criteria required to                                 Mastery. The revised application
                demonstrate mastery which must align with the mastery                                 identifies mastery level on the
   1.3.2e       level described in the narrative                                    C         1       rubric.
1.3.2 TOTAL                                                                     0    1      4     0
Section 1.3.3   Third Grade                                                     F    A      M     E                Comments
                The Strands, Concepts, and Performance Objectives of
                the State Academic Standards being assessed for each
                subject area are identified and are appropriate for the
   1.3.3a       grade level.                                                                 1
                Instruction also aligns with the performance objectives
                identified in the assessment. A reasonable timeline for the                           The math instruction does not align to
                instruction is provided along with the necessary resources to                         the Performance Objectives
                implement the instruction.                                                            identified. The revised application
                                                                                                      includes math instruction aligned
                                                                                                      to the performance objectives
   1.3.3b                                                                           C        1        identified.
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                Student Activities for each subject area correspond to the
                teacher instruction provided. Student activities provide a                               Student activities from second to fifth
                reasonable and logical progression (timeline) to the                                     grade are all the same. This does not
                assessment. Activities align with the performance                                        demonstrate the various modalities
                objectives identified in the assessment. A list of the                                   and methods mentioned in the
                required materials to complete each activity is provided.                                Program of Instruction narrative. The
                                                                                                         cover sheet for the curriculum
                                                                                                         section of the revised application
                                                                                                         explains that, while some activities,
                                                                                                         especially in reading, seem similar
                                                                                                         throughout the grade levels, the
                                                                                                         content within those activities is
                                                                                                         modified and varied depending on
                                                                                                         the grade level and the student's
                                                                                                         ability. The applicant's intent was
                                                                                                         that, through continuity of
                                                                                                         instructional practices and
                                                                                                         consistency in expectations,
                                                                                                         students would develop a sense of
   1.3.3c                                                                           C            1       security and trust.
                Each subject area assessment is summative, aligns with the
                methods of assessment described in the Curricular                                        Reading assessment does not allow
                Emphasis narrative and the assessment provides each                                      the students an opportunity to
                student an opportunity to demonstrate proficiency of the                                 demonstrate Mastery of identified
                identified Performance Objectives. Instruction for each                                  Performance Objectives. The
                subject area described aligns with the methods of                                        revised application still does not
                instruction provided in the Curricular Emphasis narrative.                               allow students to demonstrate
   1.3.3d                                                                                1               mastery of performance objectives.
                The scoring rubric for each assessment includes a
                description of the components (with identified Performance                               Writing rubric does not indicate
                Objectives) to be scored and the criteria required to                                    Mastery. The revised application
                demonstrate mastery which must align with the mastery                                    includes mastery for the writing
   1.3.3e       level described in the narrative                                    C          1         rubric.
1.3.3 TOTAL                                                                     0    1       4       0
Section 1.3.4   Fourth Grade                                                    F    A       M       E                Comments
                The Strands, Concepts, and Performance Objectives of
                the State Academic Standards being assessed for each
                subject area are identified and are appropriate for the
   1.3.4a       grade level.                                                                     1
                Instruction also aligns with the performance objectives
                identified in the assessment. A reasonable timeline for the
                instruction is provided along with the necessary resources to
   1.3.4b       implement the instruction.                                                       1
                Student Activities for each subject area correspond to the
                teacher instruction provided. Student activities provide a                               Student activities from second to fifth
                reasonable and logical progression (timeline) to the                                     grade are all the same. This does not
                assessment. Activities align with the performance                                        demonstrate the various modalities
                objectives identified in the assessment. A list of the                                   and methods mentioned in the
                required materials to complete each activity is provided.                                Program of Instruction narrative. The
                                                                                                         cover sheet for the curriculum
                                                                                                         section of the revised application
                                                                                                         explains that, while some activities,
                                                                                                         especially in reading, seem similar
                                                                                                         throughout the grade levels, the
                                                                                                         content within those activities is
                                                                                                         modified and varied depending on
                                                                                                         the grade level and the student's
                                                                                                         ability. The applicant's intent was
                                                                                                         that, through continuity of
                                                                                                         instructional practices and
                                                                                                         consistency in expectations,
                                                                                                         students would develop a sense of
   1.3.4c                                                                           C            1       security and trust.
                Each subject area assessment is summative, aligns with the
                methods of assessment described in the Curricular
                Emphasis narrative and the assessment provides each
                student an opportunity to demonstrate proficiency of the
                identified Performance Objectives. Instruction for each
                subject area described aligns with the methods of
                instruction provided in the Curricular Emphasis narrative.
   1.3.4d                                                                                        1
                The scoring rubric for each assessment includes a                                        Science, Reading, Writing, Math:
                description of the components (with identified Performance                               Rubrics do not provide a Mastery
                Objectives) to be scored and the criteria required to                                    level. The revised application
                demonstrate mastery which must align with the mastery                                    includes an identified mastery level
                level described in the narrative                                                         for rubrics in science, reading,
   1.3.4e                                                                           C            1       writing, and math.
1.3.4 TOTAL                                                                     0    0       5       0
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Section 1.3.5   Fifth Grade                                                     F    A   M       E                Comments
                The Strands, Concepts, and Performance Objectives of
                the State Academic Standards being assessed for each
                subject area are identified and are appropriate for the
   1.3.5a       grade level.                                                                 1
                Instruction also aligns with the performance objectives
                identified in the assessment. A reasonable timeline for the
                instruction is provided along with the necessary resources to
   1.3.5b       implement the instruction.                                                   1
                Student Activities for each subject area correspond to the
                teacher instruction provided. Student activities provide a                           Student activities from second to fifth
                reasonable and logical progression (timeline) to the                                 grade are all the same. This does not
                assessment. Activities align with the performance                                    demonstrate the various modalities
                objectives identified in the assessment. A list of the                               and methods mentioned in the
                required materials to complete each activity is provided.                            Program of Instruction narrative. The
                                                                                                     cover sheet for the curriculum
                                                                                                     section of the revised application
                                                                                                     explains that, while some activities,
                                                                                                     especially in reading, seem similar
                                                                                                     throughout the grade levels, the
                                                                                                     content within those activities is
                                                                                                     modified and varied depending on
                                                                                                     the grade level and the student's
                                                                                                     ability. The applicant's intent was
                                                                                                     that, through continuity of
                                                                                                     instructional practices and
                                                                                                     consistency in expectations,
                                                                                                     students would develop a sense of
   1.3.5c                                                                           C        1       security and trust.
                Each subject area assessment is summative, aligns with the
                methods of assessment described in the Curricular
                Emphasis narrative and the assessment provides each
                student an opportunity to demonstrate proficiency of the
                identified Performance Objectives. Instruction for each
                subject area described aligns with the methods of
                instruction provided in the Curricular Emphasis narrative.
   1.3.5d                                                                                    1
                The scoring rubric for each assessment includes a                                    Writing rubric does not indicate
                description of the components (with identified Performance                           Mastery. Also, why isn't the 6 traits
                Objectives) to be scored and the criteria required to                                rubric used for a 6 traits unit? The
                demonstrate mastery which must align with the mastery                                revised application includes a
                level described in the narrative                                                     mastery level for the writing rubric
                                                                                                     and the level is aligned with the
                                                                                                     mastery level described in the
   1.3.5e                                                                           C      1         narrative.
1.3.5 TOTAL                                                                     0    0   5       0
 Section 1.4    Comprehensive Program of Instruction –Monitoring                F    A   M       E                Comments
                The professional development plan includes how it will assist
                in meeting student academic needs. The plan must include
                how and when the program of instruction will be presented
    1.4a        to teachers.                                                                 1
                A description of an administrative plan for monitoring the
                integration of State Academic Standards into instruction is                          Not enough detail as to how the
                provided. The description must include how and when the                              administration will monitor the
                teachers will be monitored.                                                          integration of standards into the
                                                                                                     curriculum. The revised application
                                                                                                     presents an expanded plan for how
                                                                                                     administration will monitor the
                                                                                                     integration of standards into the
    1.4b                                                                            C        1       curriculum.
                A description of a plan to be used by teachers for monitoring
                and documenting student proficiency in performance
                objectives is provided. The description must include how and
                                                                                                     Documenting student progress
                when monitoring will occur throughout the school year as well                        through the standards is not
                as how the results will impact curricular decisions.                                 discussed. Unclear what
                                                                                                     assessments will be used. Who
                                                                                                     verifies the assessments are aligned
                                                                                                     to the articulated standards? The
                                                                                                     revised application identifies using
                                                                                                     Curriculum Based Measurements
                                                                                                     to measure student progress and
                                                                                                     the achievement of state
                                                                                                     standards. These tools include
                                                                                                     DIBELS and other research-based
                                                                                                     math and literacy probes used for
                                                                                                     benchmarking progress. The
                                                                                                     application also identifies the
    1.4c                                                                            C        1       frequency for monitoring progress.
 1.4 TOTAL                                                                      0    0   3       0
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Section 1.5   Comprehensive Program of Instruction – Special Education           F   A   M       E                Comments

              The application indicates the school will provide special
   1.5a       education services to qualifying students.                                     1
              The application specifically describes the placement
              options the school is prepared to offer students with                                  Students with high needs like ED are
              disabilities on the campus and provides the rationale for                              not discussed. There are times when
              those options.                                                                         an inclusion model becomes too
                                                                                                     disruptive for the rest of the class.
                                                                                                     The revised application includes a
                                                                                                     pull-out option for students
                                                                                                     needing a placement different from
   1.5b                                                                              C       1       full inclusion.
              The training of staff that will be required to implement such
              placement options and the personnel and resources that will
              be utilized to implement the option(s) described.
   1.5c                                                                                      1
              The application demonstrates an understanding of the
              financial responsibility for a placement beyond what the
              school is prepared to offer students with disabilities on the
              school campus and describes a plan for securing such
   1.5d       placement.                                                                     1
              A description of the duties and qualifications of those
              providing the services is included along with an indication as
              to whether special education services will be provided in-
              house or by contracted services is provided.
   1.5e                                                                                      1
              A market study of the cost of providing the services and
              related services is included. The market study is
    1.5f      representative of the target area.                                           1
1.5 TOTAL                                                                        0   0   6       0
Section 2.1   Detailed Business Plan - Business Description                      F   A   M       E                Comments
              The narrative describes the type of organization and the
              date it was organized. The organization’s history, board                               Not much detail provided. No
              development, along with any licenses, permits, (i.e. 501c3,                            mention of the entity's purpose for
                                                                                                     starting in 2005. Was this for child
              EIN, etc.) that have been obtained are discussed.
                                                                                                     care? Concern about whether the
                                                                                                     applicant understands the co-
                                                                                                     mingling of funds and other business
                                                                                                     related activities. The revised
                                                                                                     application addresses all concerns
                                                                                                     by the TRP including purpose for
                                                                                                     starting and division of entities
                                                                                                     including meetings, bank
   2.1a                                                                              C       1       accounts, and recordkeeping.
              The information in the narrative is consistent with the
              articles of incorporation included in the application and
              information presented on the Title Pages of this application
              including corporate structure, corporate principals, and
   2.1b       members.                                                                     1
2.1 TOTAL                                                                        0   0   2       0
Section 2.2   Detailed Business Plan - Facility - Secured                        F   A   M       E                Comments
              Description of the facility necessary to implement the program
              described. Include square footage, number of classrooms,                               Classroom size is unclear --
              location and layout of space.                                                          disproportionate to combined classes
                                                                                                     and age of students. The revised
                                                                                                     application includes a diagram
                                                                                                     with classroom size adequate for
   2.2a                                                                              C       1       anticipated enrollment.
              Plan described ensures facility meets compliance with
              applicable laws, regulations and policies. Description also                            Not specified if the facility meets
              includes information related to city ordinances for the targeted                       compliance for charter school
              area.                                                                                  requirements. The revised
                                                                                                     application includes the C of O
                                                                                                     occupancy group which conforms
   2.2b                                                                              C       1       to charter school requirements.
              Describes plans projected build-out expenses based on
              research. If the intention is to purchase land and/or building,
              the discussion includes financial arrangements for the
   2.2c       purchase.                                                                      1
2.2 TOTAL                                                                        0   0   3       0
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Section 2.3   Detailed Business Plan – Academic Program Schedule                F   A    M       E                 Comments
              A school calendar is provided that includes total number of                            Very confusing format. Unclear what
              days of instruction for the school year, planned holidays,                             is meant by "allows for time to be
              other days off and planned half days,                                                  spent on activities outside of
                                                                                                     instruction." The revised application
                                                                                                     includes a calendar with required
                                                                                                     information. The application
                                                                                                     narrative eliminated the clause
                                                                                                     "which also allows for time to be
                                                                                                     spent on activities outside of
   2.3a                                                                             C        1       instruction."
              A weekly schedule is provided that demonstrates compliance
              with hours/minutes of instruction per week for each grade                              Again, very confusing format. No
              level served as described in ARS 15-901. Include the length                            schedule was included. Not
              of day (approximate start and dismissal times) and how many                            sufficiently specific to core subject
              hours will be designated for the core academics, i.e. reading,                         time. The revised application
              writing, math science, and social studies.                                             includes a schedule with minutes
                                                                                                     of instruction per week for grade
   2.3b                                                                             C      1         levels and content areas.
2.3 TOTAL                                                                       0    0   2       0
Section 2.4   Detailed Business Plan - Market Study                             F    A   M       E                 Comments
              Market analysis includes identification of the target market                           Not a market analysis, only
              area, a description of the need for a school in that target                            demographics of the county. Does
              market, identification of the number of students within the                            not show the need within the
              proposed grade levels, and the market’s growth rate.                                   community for a new school. Little
                                                                                                     research other than child care survey.
                                                                                                     The revised application clearly
                                                                                                     identifies a need for the school,
                                                                                                     identifies the number of K-5
                                                                                                     students in the area, and the
   2.4a                                                                             C        1       proposed growth rate.
              If the school will provide transportation, describe the plan to
   2.4b       provide transportation.                                                        1
              Discussion of Advertising/Promotion plans to include how                               More specific dates, plans, and
              parents/customers will be attracted to your school and the                             documentation of figures needed.
              costs to implement your plan. Discussion must include how                              The revised application provides
              costs were determined.                                                                 specificity for plans to attract
                                                                                                     parents and the cost to implement
                                                                                                     the plans and aligns with the start-
   2.4c                                                                             C      1         up budget.
2.4 TOTAL                                                                       0    0   3       0
Section 2.5   Detailed Business Plan - Organizational Structure                 F    A   M       E                Comments
              Corporate Principals, authorized representative, and other
              individuals responsible for day-to-day operations of the school
              are identified, highlighting the expertise each contributes to
              the operation of a school including experience in
              elementary/secondary education, business operation, and
   2.5a       financial management.                                                          1
              Discussion includes the areas, if any, that may require the
              principals to seek expertise outside the organizational
              structure.




   2.5b                                                                                    1
2.5 TOTAL                                                                       0   0    2       0
Section 2.6   Detailed Business Plan - Corporate Filings                        F   A    M       E                Comments
              The most recent Annual Report, Articles of
              Incorporation/Organization, and By-laws/Operating
              Agreement are consistent with the all contents of the
   2.6a       application package.                                                           1
2.6 TOTAL                                                                       0    0   1       0
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Section 2.7   Detailed Business Plan - Governance Structure                    F    A   M       E                  Comments
              The organizational chart and narrative reflects the operation
              and proposed reporting structure within the organization.
   2.7a                                                                                     1
              The communication chart and narrative is consistent with
              the content of the application package and represents the
                                                                                                    Narrative is not consistent with the
              flow of information for all stakeholders (i.e. parents,
                                                                                                    chart provided. Unable to tell the flow
              community members, students).
                                                                                                    of reporting without having the arrows
                                                                                                    show how this works. Unclear what
                                                                                                    the role of the Instructional Specialist
                                                                                                    is. Why would the person who is not
                                                                                                    involved with the progress of the
                                                                                                    student communicate with the parent
                                                                                                    about the progress of the student?
                                                                                                    Not all stakeholders represented (i.e.
                                                                                                    students, shareholders, and
                                                                                                    community). The revised
                                                                                                    application includes how
                                                                                                    information will flow in the
                                                                                                    organization. The chart is
                                                                                                    consistent with the narrative. The
                                                                                                    narrative includes a description of
                                                                                                    the role and responsibilities of the
   2.7b                                                                            C        1       Instructional Specialist.
              Discussion includes a clear description of the role and
   2.7c       responsibilities of the corporate board.                                      1
              Discussion includes a clear description of the role,
              responsibilities, and mandated obligations of the school’s                            Governing Body is just an advisory
              governing body. Discussion includes how the make-up of                                group and has no real authority to
              both the principals and the body described will comply with                           make decisions. This is highly
              the open meeting law.                                                                 questionable. Why follow open
                                                                                                    meeting law if no decisions will be
                                                                                                    made by this board? No mention of
                                                                                                    the mandated obligations of the
                                                                                                    governing body. Unclear what
                                                                                                    statistics the applicant is referring to.
                                                                                                    The revised application includes
                                                                                                    the role, responsibilities, and
                                                                                                    mandated obligations including
   2.7d                                                                        C            1       complying with open meeting law.
              Provide a narrative that describes the Board member
              recruitment and development. Include the training/orientation
              process that will be provided to all school Governing Body
   2.7e       members.                                                                    1
2.7 TOTAL                                                                      0    0   5       0
Section 2.8   Detailed Business Plan – Personnel                               F    A   M       E                  Comments
              Narrative reflects the appropriate personnel to implement
              the program of instruction and business plan described.
              Include the number of instructional and non-instruction
              personnel and the responsibilities of the instructional staff.
              Qualifications of staff must align with NCLB Highly
   2.8a       Qualified requirements.                                                       1
              Provide a detailed plan that includes recruiting, hiring, and
   2.8b       training of instructional staff.                                              1
              Provide an administrative plan that includes oversight                                No oversight responsibilities were
              responsibilities related to instruction and operational                               provided; simply assigning tasks to
              services. Plan must identify the number and their oversight                           positions. More detail is needed to
              responsibilities related to the following areas; curricular                           describe how these people will do all
              implementation, staff training and development, testing                               that is written. The revised
              (AIMS, TerraNova, AZELLA), financial management,                                      application provides detailed
              contracted services, personnel, grants management, and                                information on the oversight
              student management information system (SAIS).                                         responsibilities for the
   2.8c                                                                            C        1       instructional Specialist.
              Compensation plan that supports the described
              qualifications of instructional and non-instructional                                 Little definition--No plan was
              personnel.                                                                            submitted. Only states that the
                                                                                                    employees will be paid based on the
                                                                                                    local economy. Also low benefits. A
                                                                                                    detailed compensation plan was
                                                                                                    provided in the revised application,
   2.8d                                                                            C        1       including benefits.
2.8 TOTAL                                                                      0    0   4       0
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Section 2.9   Detailed Business Plan – Financial Plan                             F   A       M   E                Comments
              Start-up Budget Narrative includes background information
              providing clarification of what the organization brings to the
              project, what will be required as part of start up (e.g.                                C of O not necessarily fit to Charter
              computers donated by non-profit, organization holds                                     School use. Need to specify co-
              appropriate C of O for facility, infrastructure for technology in                       mingling of funds and how to split rent
              place, etc.), and the assumptions made for each line item                               and utilities. Unclear if the applicant
              identified on Attachment G.                                                             is buying the building, renting, or
                                                                                                      already owns. Unclear how and when
                                                                                                      the line of credit will be paid back.
                                                                                                      The revised application addresses
                                                                                                      the C of O, separation of funds,
                                                                                                      clarification of ownership, and how
   2.9a                                                                               C       1       the line of credit will be repaid.
              Timeline includes schedule for facility acquisition, build-out
                                                                                                      Missing portions of the criteria. Who
              and improvements, recruiting students and personnel,
                                                                                                      will staff the open house and open
              hiring and training staff, submitting estimated counts to
                                                                                                      enrollment if the staff doesn't start
              School Finance, anticipated time for signing charter contract,
                                                                                                      until July. Inconsistencies exist
              anticipated enrollment period, and
                                                                                                      between the timeline and the Start-Up
              ordering/receipt/payment of supplies, materials, furniture,
                                                                                                      Budget. The revised application
              etc.
                                                                                                      identifies who will staff the open
                                                                                                      house and open enrollment. The
                                                                                                      revised application explains that
                                                                                                      supplies and inventory normally
                                                                                                      required at start-up have been
                                                                                                      donated or provided through the
   2.9b                                                                               C       1       preschool.
              Start-up Budget (Attachment G) supports the timeline
              provided and the program described. The budget does not                                 See comments above. Unclear about
              include unsecured grants and/or unsecured federal                                       the co-mingling of funds. The
              funds.                                                                                  revised application stresses that
                                                                                                      funds will not be co-mingled and
                                                                                                      has arranged for separate billing
   2.9c                                                                               C       1       when necessary.
              Start-up budget assumptions with rationale are included for
              each line item identified on Start-up Budget (Attachment G).
                                                                                                      More clarification/documentation
                                                                                                      needed for Instructional Supplies, no
                                                                                                      detail provided for the cost of the
                                                                                                      SAIS system, need better explanation
                                                                                                      for only 2 computers for 48 students
                                                                                                      and only 1 computer for 7 staff. The
                                                                                                      revised application includes detail
                                                                                                      on instructional supplies being
                                                                                                      purchased, how the SAIS cost was
                                                                                                      determined, and information on
                                                                                                      additional available computers for
                                                                                                      a total of 4 student computers and
   2.9d                                                                               C       1       2 office computers.
              Three Year Operating Budget (Attachment H) Narrative                                    Unclear if ADM was calculated
              includes background information providing clarification of                              correctly due to Kindergarteners.
                                                                                                      More assumptions/explanation
              how expenses may be paid over time or in installments (e.g.
                                                                                                      needed. The revised application
              equipment leases, furniture payments, etc.), assumptions
                                                                                                      reduced ADM for each year. The
              made when creating the budget (e.g. when enrollment
              capacity will be met, utilities included in rent), and any                              revised version explained why
              research/market studies supporting expenses included in                                 carryover is not included in the
              the budget, as appropriate for this project.                                            calculations but did not provide
                                                                                                      additional information on
                                                                                                      assumptions made when preparing
   2.9e                                                                                   1           the budget.
              State aid revenues appropriately reflect statutory                                      See comments above regarding
              requirements (funding formula projections) and realistic                                ADM. The revised application
              student projections.                                                                    calculated realistic student
   2.9f                                                                               C       1       projections and state revenues.
              Operating budget reflects growth described on Title Pages
              and in Program of Instruction.                                                          Not enough detail provided on the
                                                                                                      Instructional Supplies. The revised
                                                                                                      application shows the same
                                                                                                      amount budgeted for instructional
                                                                                                      program for years two and three
                                                                                                      but anticipated enrollment is
   2.9g                                                                               C       1       identified as the same both years.
              Each year shows school is able to sustain itself. Annual
   2.9h       expenditures do not exceed revenues.                                            1
              Expenditures for personnel reflect qualifications, salaries,
   2.9i       and benefits as described in the business plan.                                 1
              Expenditures support the Program of Instruction including
              materials, supplies, equipment, etc. as described within
   2.9j       the application.                                                                1
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               Expenditures support the implementation of the special
    2.9k       education services described.                                          1
               Appropriate audit expenses were included in operating
    2.9l       budget for year two and three.                                         1
               Expenditures support the facilities described in the
               application.
                                                                                              Unclear if the applicant will be buying
                                                                                              the building, renting or already owns.
                                                                                              The revised application explains
                                                                                              that the addition, which will be built
                                                                                              to provide adequate space to the
                                                                                              currently-owned building, will have
                                                                                              a mortgage and the applicant will
                                                                                              be making a mortgage payment
                                                                                              but it identified as rent in a line
    2.9m                                                                         C    1       item in the budget.
               Operating expenses are consistent with the application.
    2.9n                                                                              1
               First Year Month-by-Month Cash Flow Budget Sheet
               (Attachment I) reflects the first year operating budget and
    2.9o       information provided in the narrative.                                 1
               First Year Month-by-Month Cash flow indicates the school is
               able to sustain itself with monthly expenditures never
    2.9p       exceeding revenues.                                                    1
 2.9 TOTAL                                                                   0   1   15   0
 Grand Total                                                                 0   3   83   0


 SUMMARY
               No scoring area received a score of Falls Below
               No more than one scoring area in each section scored
               Approaches
               Meets 95% Test

CONCLUSION
               Meets the Criteria, Therefore Substantively Complete

				
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